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Camp NAWIC Milwaukee


Camp NAWIC MKE has been created as a community outreach program to target high school age girls to kindle their interest in pursuing a career in the construction industry.  It is our desire that upon completing the Camp sessions, participants will have a clear understanding of the necessary skill-sets required by those engaged in the construction industry. It is a unique summer day camp program for girls that will introduce them to exciting opportunities within the construction industry.

Camp NAWIC is a FREE weeklong summer day camp for high school girls, designed to offer real hands-on opportunities to learn the basics of construction including safety, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, concrete, soils testing, sheet metal, computer programs, and"Green" Building.

Each day of Camp the girls will focus on one skilled trade area taught by aseasoned instructor while on campus, or while visiting an industry partner. Campers will be challenged to learn skills they might not have never considered while having fun. 

Girls may decide to pursue additional skill training at a local technical college, apprenticeship program, or continue on a college path in engineering, architecture, construction management, or any other construction related major.

Campers receive their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and Camp t-shirts. Campers will take home completed projects made throughout the week of training.

The core purpose of NAWIC is to “enhance the success of women in the construction industry.” Camp NAWIC embodies this core purpose in the following ways:

· Provides a supportive and nurturing environment for middle & high school girls to explore and develop basic

skills in the areas of utilities, carpentry, electrical, and other specialty trades.

· Offers middle & high school girls a gender neutral environment to learn and practice new skills without fearof being teased or isolated.

· Develops greater self-confidence and better self-esteem for girls who tackle challenging projects and successfully complete them.

· Develops a safety first attitude and ‘we can do it’ mindset via the safety and history of women in construction seminars on the opening day of camp.

· Introduces the girls towomen role models who haveachieved success in all areas ofconstruction. 

From tradeswomen to engineers, architects, accountants, project managers, superintendents, business owners, and clerical support, the girls learn there is room in the construction industry for their dreams too.

Prior to commencement of Camp, each girl will be required to undergo 4 hours of safety training and pass a written examination. Emphasis on safety will continue with daily tailgate meetings for all participants.

If you have any questions concerning Camp NAWIC please do not hesitate to email the camp directors at

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available.

Register and volunteer here

Camp NAWIC Sponsorship Opportunities for 2019 (7/8/19 - 7/12/19)


Your sponsorship of this camp allows us to offer the girls an opportunity to participate in Camp free of charge.  

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with you to provide these girls with such a rare opportunity by becoming a sponsor of Camp NAWIC. 

Thank you in advance for helping us to offer this unique program for high school girls. 


CAMP NAWIC 2019 Sponsorship Levels


Platinum - $2,500  

Sponsors will receive their company name and logo prominent on signage, camp T-shirts, Camp Manual and inclusion in all media releases. Company sticker applied to all hard hats (stickers supplied by Sponsor) and two tickets to the Lunch & Presentation on Friday.

Gold - $2,000  

Sponsors will receive their company name and logo on signage, on camp T-shirts and in Camp Manual. Company sticker applied to all hard hats (stickers supplied by Sponsor) and two tickets to the Lunch & Presentation on Friday 

Silver - $1,000   

Sponsors will receive their company name and logo on signage, on camp T-shirts and in Camp Manual. Company sticker applied to all hard hats (stickers supplied by Sponsor) and one ticket to the Lunch & Presentation on Friday.

Bronze - $500   

Sponsors will receive their company name and logo on camp T-shirts and in Camp Manual.

Aluminum - $100   

Sponsors will receive their company name and logo on camp T-shirts and in Camp Manual.


If you donate your time, any items, or print material for the Camp, you will be recognized with your Company name and logo or your Name in the Camp Manual. 


On Friday, July 12, 2019 we will host a catered lunch for the ladies, their parents, and our Platinum, Gold, & Silver sponsors. The lunch will include a completion ceremony, key-note speakeras well as an opportunity to view campers’ projects.

Request a Form for sponsorship to Camp Directors Barb Osheim/Dawn Filtz at , 414-526-4070

Sponsor here

NEF Block Kids


The Construction Industry faces a workforce shortage that poses a serious problem for our national economy. In order to meet the demand for construction, the industry needs to attract, educate and train about 240,000 newcomers annually. 

The award-winning Block Kids Program introduces children to the construction industry in an effort to create an awareness of and to promote an interest in future careers in one of the many facets of the industry. Sponsors include NAWIC Chapters and other organizations. 

The Block Kids Building Program is a national building competition which is sponsored by NAWIC Chapters and other organizations that wish to promote children in grades K-12 about construction careers. The program is non-discriminatory and as such is open to all elementary school children in grades Kindergarten (K) through sixth (6). All eligible children must participate through a recognized Sponsor. 

The History of Block Kids

Erma Lamousin, member of the Gr. Mississippi Gulf Coast NAWIC Chapter, initiated the first contest held in Biloxi.

Erma shared the idea with president-elect Carol Ericson of the Connecticut/New York Line chapter who enlisted Susan Levy, past NAWIC president, to write guidelines. Carol then recruited NAWIC President Judy Short of the Cincinnati Ohio chapter to assist the contest kickoff with a special presentation at the 1989 NAWIC Convention in Seattle, WA.

Erma’s granddaughter, Natalie Smith, designed the NAWIC Bock Kids who were then named in a special contest “Connie Struction” and “Bill Dit".

The NAWIC Milwaukee Chapter hosts this event in the first quarter of the year.

NEF - NAWIC Education Foundation


 NAWIC Education Foundation“Educating the construction industry today…….and tomorrow” 

  • NEF-EDU, The NAWIC Education Foundation was established in 1972 by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).  NEF is an IRS 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Core Purpose

  • NEF provides educational opportunities and programs to benefit and promote the construction industry.

Core Values

  • The Board adopts these Core Values as aspirational yet integral to fulfilling the Core Purpose.


  • Delivering innovative education programs exceeding the expectations of the construction community.


  • Investing in the growth of the construction industry through education.


  • Setting the standard without compromise. 

In addition to community outreach programs such as Block Kids and Camp NAWIC, NEF offers certifications such as:

  • CBT- Construction Booking Technician
  • Whether you aspire to be an accounts payable clerk or a full charge bookkeeper, you will understand how to perform your job by learning about the whole system of bookkeeping.
  • CCA - Certified Construction Associate
    A advanced six-part self study course in construction terminology, procedures and processes. Participants receive a Certified Construction Associate certificate after successfully passing all six exams. 
  • CDT - Construction Document Technician
  • A comprehensive understanding of the project’s construction documents is necessary to prepare an estimate for submitting a bid and to prepare a project schedule for controlling costs after the contract is awarded. 
  • CIS - Construction Industry Specialist
    This comprehensive introductory look at the construction industry will prepare the participant for further training and educational opportunities needed in the various construction career pathways. 
  • CIT - Construction Industry Technician
  • The CIT represents an overview of the construction industry and its processes. Lessons to be covered include such subjects as type of construction, forms of business ownership, contractual arrangements, contract documents, and the construction process 
  • ESP - Estimated & Scheduling Practitioner  
    Learn about various types of estimates and the skills of an estimator. Learn a step-by-step approach in preparing project schedules utilizing the critical path method and precedence schedules. 

Learn More About NEF Here